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Comment: Re:As someone on dial-up in Seattle... (Score 2, Insightful) 65

by mrchaotica (#49502779) Attached to: DOJ Could Nix Comcast-Time Warner Merger

At that location they are so far above us in speed. It's sad when the middle of nowhere in a useless state has access about eight times faster than us for about a tenth of the cost. I wish Seattle would catch-up so the shithole of South Carolina.

Gee, it sure sounds to me like it's Seattle that's the shithole!

Comment: Re:At this point? Really? (Score 1) 65

by mrchaotica (#49502773) Attached to: DOJ Could Nix Comcast-Time Warner Merger

Based on this list [wikipedia.org], it looks like merger activity between US banks dramatically slowed since Obama took office, after going through the roof during the Bush years.

I counted 48 mergers during the Clinton years versus 39 during Bush.

Well, shit, when an industry is consolidating of course there are going to be a bunch of mergers (of small companies into medium companies) at the beginning, then a moderate amount of mergers (of medium companies into big companies), then just a few mergers (of big companies into gigantic, dangerous ones).

So yeah, we should fully expect Clinton mergers > Bush (II) mergers > Obama mergers, just because by the time Obama got in office there were hardly any companies left to merge!

Comment: Re:in my opinion this guy is like Jenny McCarthy (Score 2) 298

by mrchaotica (#49499689) Attached to: Columbia University Doctors Ask For Dr. Mehmet Oz's Dismissal

i have no problem with opposing monsanto, the corporation with dubious goals that should be opposed

I want labels on GMO crops because I'm opposed to use of the "terminator gene" and Monsanto's contractual prohibition of seed-saving. I want to be able to buy corn and know it's wasn't grown by a farmer in cahoots with Monsanto, and GMO labeling is a very good proxy to inform me about that.

Comment: Re:I can kiss my Newton Messagepad goodbye? (Score 1) 106

by mrchaotica (#49499305) Attached to: Google Adds Handwriting Input To Android

Perhaps because all the modern devices are meant to work with your fingers and not with a stylus?

You've got the cause and effect backwards: devices are designed not to use a stylus because their makers had no desire to support handwriting recognition, not the other way around.

Comment: Re:Because girls just can not hack it with boys. (Score 1) 587

If you think you can get an average 13-year old ready for college-level CS in one year, without sacrificing the rest of their usual middle school and high school education, you're severely deluded.

Absolute bullshit.

First of all, they're not trying to teach "average" 13-year-olds; they're trying to teach 13-year-olds who've applied to a special magnet school because they want to be software engineers (and presumably have at least some aptitude for it). That's a very different demographic.

Second, I coasted through my college intro to programming class (and the data structures / object-oriented programming class after that) on what I had taught myself back in middle school and high school. Anyone who can't do at least as well with a year (or less) of actual, dedicated instruction is completely unsuited to the field.

Comment: Re:Because girls just can not hack it with boys. (Score 1) 587

What, you mean with the trolling ACs spouting bullshit? Slashdot has always been that way.

More importantly, I'm right and you're wrong. Go use your reading comprehension skills to RTFS[ummary], specifically the sentence that says "Students in GALA will follow a six year sequence of computer courses starting in middle school that will culminate in AP Computer Science Principles."

Now fuck off.

Comment: Re:Because girls just can not hack it with boys. (Score 3, Insightful) 587

We all know that girls need special help.

It's pretty clear to me that that's what the people designing this program think, at least!

I mean, holy shit! They're talking about implementing a six-year academic program just to get these girls ready to pass the AP exam, which is only equivalent to an introductory college CS course! How fucking insulting can they be, to imply that those girls need six years to learn what they should be learning in one?!

Comment: Re:Can we get some all-white/all-black schools too (Score 4, Informative) 587

We have those already; they're called "charter schools." Here in Atlanta, anyone can attend the charter schools in theory, but in practice the white parents are the ones who sign their kids up, so the charter school ends up 70+% white and the regular public school (that serves the same neighborhood) ends up 80+% black.

(By the way: yes, those are real numbers; I looked them up.)

I bet the human brain is a kludge. -- Marvin Minsky